WIAW – Energizing Chocolate Chia Fudge

WIAW – Energizing Chocolate Chia Fudge

A few weeks ago I posted about the foods I eat before and after a workout.  While I enjoy those foods I mentioned, it’s fun to try and come up with new pre and post workout meals.  Not only for myself, but for The Hubby.  It took him awhile to really get on board with eating actual food to fuel and refuel his workouts.  He used to eat a Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich before Crossfit then just drink protein powder after.  Once I got him switched to eating proteins and fats before then healthy carbs after, he noticed a huge difference.  In both the way he feels and performs.  However, he is hard to please sometimes so I’m always trying to come up with something fun and delicious for him to enjoy.

We both sometimes like to enjoy a chia pudding before a workout but often don’t have time to sit and eat it.  So I wanted to make something that still included the energizing chia seeds but was much more transportable.

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Oh and of course it needed to taste really good 🙂

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After a few tries, these were a winner!

Energizing Chocolate Chia Fudge

Energizing Chocolate Chia Fudge

Ingredients

  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until finely chopped and creamy.
  2. Press into a mold or a loaf pan then refrigerate until firm. (If using a 8x8 baking dish double the recipe as they will be much thinner than pictured.)
  3. Cut into desired size and store in the fridge until ready to eat.
http://myhealthyhappyhome.com/2014/03/05/wiaw-energizing-chia-fudge/

Two or three before a workout is a great energizing snack and is especially perfect for an early morning workout!

These are what I started my day with yesterday before my 5:30 am spin class.  The only problem is you have to make sure to check your teeth before getting out of your car.  Those chia seeds like to stick around sometimes 😉

Upon returning home I was greeted by my little man asking for breakfast.  So after making him Anna’s pancakes (it was national pancake day), fruit and an egg, I made my breakfast.

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Sweet potatoes, chicken apple sausage, spinach and an egg with coffee.

I enjoyed half an apple for a snack after gymnastics as we ran a few errands.  Only half because they are HUGE Organic Fuji’s from Costco and The Love Nugget gobbled the other half down 🙂

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Then it was home for lunch!

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Salmon salad mixed with daikon, celery, capers and Tessemae’s Lemon Chesapeake in lettuce cups with veggies on the side.  Yum!

A late afternoon snack from my Cave Cravings Box to hold me over until dinner.

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If you haven’t heard of Cave Cravings, it’s one of those monthly snack package deals filled with different goodies.

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The thing that makes this one stand out from some others is that all the snacks are Paleo friendly!  I LOVE it!  My box included a few new to me snacks and some favorites.

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The Bearded Brother’s bars were something I hadn’t had yet but had seen them around.  Mini Coco-Roons are one of my favorite treats as are Caveman Cookies.  Sophia’s Jerky is the perfect clean protein snack packaged in single serve baggies for on the go snacks.

Cave Cravings has a few different subscription options starting at $27 a month.  Not bad when  you consider the price of the individual items included!

Dinner was a quick and yummy meal of chicken nuggets, Apricot honey mustard, with shredded  sauteed cabbage, carrots and zucchini on the side.

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Chicken Nugget recipe coming soon!

A cup of peppermint tea was enjoyed while catching up on a few DVR shows.  Okay maybe just one show then it  was off to bed.  I was tired!

Now, head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out a bunch of more yummy eats for WIAW!

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QUESTIONS – 

  • Do you like chia seeds?  
  • What’s your favorite early morning pre-workout meal?  

 

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Comments

  1. Cocoroons are the most amazing thing ever! I love them! Oh and they freeze really well too.

    I use chia seeds all the time. This fudge would really serve as a perfect afternoon snack for me. I just need to buy some sunflower seeds, then I’d have all the ingredients!

  2. I’ve not tried chia seeds before and always been intrigued by them. Your chia fudge sounds good tho! I normally just have a banana before a workout and like a green smoothie and something protein like eggs afterwards. Your chicken nuggets look tasty! 🙂

  3. I’ve been trying your trick of using chia seeds as “sprinkles”, but I think Matthew is one to me. 🙂 That being said, these “brownies” look delicious, and I think I’ll try them out tomorrow!

  4. So many things to say! 1. This recipe… YUM! Post-whole 30 for sure 🙂 2. What kind of chicken sausage do you buy?! 3. Your breakfast is perfect. 4. Cannot wait for the chicken fingers recipe… I am assuming it is paleo friendly 🙂

  5. Recipe looks great. Chia seeds however are one food that I seem to have a love/hate relationship with. Somedays I’ll be all for them, where other days I want absolutely nothing to do w/ them. Weird, right? LOL

  6. Wow!! I’m so making these!

  7. ErikaMC says:

    I made the fudge recipe last night and I have to know if I did something wrong… are those really the measurements for an 8×8 pan? I barely had enough to fill half of it and they were supper thin.

    Also, my sunflower seeds were old but I thought the almond butter and cocoa powder would disguise that – they didn’t. I’m willing to make it again though with fresher sunflower seeds and make 4x the recipe?

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Oh no! Sorry it didn’t turn out as you had hoped. I used a mold rather than an 8×8 baking dish and I should have mentioned they would be thinner if using a baking dish. I will make sure to add that. They definitely aren’t super sweet since they only have dates as a sweetener but I would say try again with fresher sunflower seeds. I’ll update the recipe now to double if using a baking dish. Hope you enjoy them if you try again 🙂